Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Albany, NY

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBANY NY
1252 PM EST THU JAN 5 2017

...ISOLATED EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE IN WESTERN NEW
ENGLAND...CONDITIONS IMPROVE ELSEWHERE IN WESTERN NEW ENGLAND AND
EASTERN NEW YORK...

SYNOPSIS...
WITH PRECIPITATION TOTALS IN DECEMBER 2017 NUDGING CLOSER TO
NORMAL...LONG TERM PRECIPITATION TRENDS ARE REBOUNDING SLOWLY
TOWARDS NORMAL. SIX MONTH PRECIPITATION DEFICITS OF UP TO TEN
INCHES REMAIN IN WESTERN NEW ENGLAND...THOUGH PORTIONS OF EASTERN
NEW YORK HAVE FALLEN TO FEWER THAN FIVE INCHES BELOW NORMAL...WITH
THE WESTERN ADIRONDACKS ENDING THE SIX MONTHS WITH ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION TOTALS. THESE IMPROVED CONDITIONS HAVE LED TO A
REMOVAL OF THE EXTREME DROUGHT DEPICTION FROM EASTERN NEW
YORK...THOUGH ISOLATED EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS REMAIN IN
WESTERN NEW ENGLAND. ACCORDING TO THE JANUARY 3, 2017 RELEASE OF
THE U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...A PORTION OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY IN
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS AND MOST OF LITCHFIELD COUNTY IN CONNECTICUT
WERE CLASSIFIED AS EXPERIENCING /D3/ OR EXTREME DROUGHT. SEVERE
/D2/ DROUGHT WAS PRESENT IN BERKSHIRE COUNTY MASSACHUSETTS AS WELL
AS IN ULSTER...DUTCHESS AND COLUMBIA COUNTIES IN NEW YORK.
ELSEWHERE IN EASTERN NEW YORK AND WESTERN NEW ENGLAND...ABNORMALLY
DRY /D0/ TO MODERATE /D1/ DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE NOTED.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS.

SINCE DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND WATER SYSTEMS VARY BY LOCATION...
MOST WATER MANAGEMENT DECISIONS ARE MADE BY STATE AND LOCAL
GOVERNING OFFICIALS.

ON NOVEMBER 1ST THE MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF ENERGY AND
ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS WORSENED THE DROUGHT DECLARATION FROM A
DROUGHT WATCH TO A DROUGHT WARNING FOR BERKSHIRE COUNTY. THE
WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT TO DATE.

ON OCTOBER 26TH THE CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
WORSENED THEIR DROUGHT DECLARATION TO A DROUGHT WATCH FOR MUCH OF
THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT...INCLUDING LITCHFIELD COUNTY. THE WATCH
REMAINS IN EFFECT TO DATE.

ON JULY 15TH THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
CONSERVATION ISSUED A DROUGHT WATCH FOR THE ENTIRE STATE OF NEW
YORK. A WARNING WAS SUBSEQUENTLY ISSUED FOR WESTERN PORTIONS OF
THE STATE...NOT INCLUDING ANY COUNTIES IN THIS EASTERN NEW YORK
SERVICE AREA. ON NOVEMBER 3RD THE ENTIRE STATE WAS REDUCED BACK
TO A DROUGHT WATCH. THE WATCH CONTINUES IN EFFECT TO DATE. FOR
MORE INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS IN NEW YORK PLEASE
VISIT HTTP://WWW.DEC.NY.GOV/LANDS/5017.HTML

VOLUNTARY WATER RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN DECLARED BY SOME LOCAL
MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS WESTERN NEW ENGLAND AND EASTERN NEW YORK.
CONSULT YOUR LOCAL OFFICIALS FOR MORE INFORMATION.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...
PRECIPITATION OVER THE PAST 90 DAYS HAS AVERAGED UP TO 6 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA. TEMPERATURES OVER THE LAST
90 DAYS HAVE AVERAGED FROM NEAR NORMAL TO 4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE JANUARY OUTLOOK ISSUED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
/CPC/...CALLS FOR TEMPERATURES AVERAGING ABOVE NORMAL...WITH A
SHIFT BACK TO EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL...BELOW NORMAL...AND
NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...

28 DAY STREAMFLOW AVERAGES IN NORTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT ARE NEAR
TO BELOW NORMAL ACCORDING TO U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY /USGS/
STREAMGAGES. ELSEWHERE IN WESTERN NEW ENGLAND AND EASTERN NEW
YORK...28 DAY AVERAGES HAVE REBOUNDED TO NEAR NORMAL.

NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION /NYCDEP/
WATER SUPPLY RESERVOIRS ARE AT 65.9 PERCENT OF CAPACITY...WHICH
IS 21.4 PERCENT BELOW NORMAL STORAGE CAPACITY.

HUDSON RIVER BLACK RIVER REGULATING DISTRICT RESERVOIRS ARE ALL
WITHIN A HALF FOOT OF TARGET ELEVATIONS FOR THIS TIME OF
YEAR...EXCEPT STILLWATER RESERVOIR WHICH IS NEARLY TWO FEET BELOW
NORMAL AND INDIAN LAKE WHICH IS OVER THREE FEET ABOVE NORMAL.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED ON OR ABOUT FEBRUARY 2ND OR SOONER
IF NECESSARY IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN CONDITIONS.

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RELATED WEB SITES...
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND
AT THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES...

US DROUGHT MONITOR...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.UNL.EDU/DM/MONITOR.HTML
NOAA DROUGHT PAGE...HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.NOAA.GOV
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC)...HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV
NORTHEAST REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER...HTTP://WWW.NRCC.CORNELL.EDU
VERMONT STATE CLIMATE OFFICE...HTTP://WWW.UVM.EDU/~LDUPIGNY/SC
NEW YORK STATE CLIMATE OFFICE...HTTP://NYSC.EAS.CORNELL.EDU

ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV
US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY...HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS...HTTP://WWW.USACE.ARMY.MIL

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING NOAA/S
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER...THE
USDA...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE NATIONAL
DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS
BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...STATE
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES...THE USDA...USACE AND USGS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION
STATEMENT...PLEASE CONTACT...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
251 FULLER RD SUITE B-300
ALBANY NY 12203
PHONE...518-435-9580
ALYWEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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